Joe Wong has been the highest performing undergraduate student throughout his MEng course in Civil Engineering. He has also secured a number of placements in Hong Kong and Glasgow, with major engineering companies including Penta-Ocean and the Waterman Group, and is about to start work with global engineering and design consultancy Arup.
Joe was also a member of a team from Strathclyde’s Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering which won the 2013 Student Model Competition, run by The Scottish Branch of The Institution of Structural Engineers. Teams were challenged to design a cantilevered roof canopy structure and build a scale model.
Joe received his degree during a ceremony at Strathclyde’s Barony Hall on Monday, 6 July. Joe, who is 21, was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Glasgow. He said: “Strathclyde has a great reputation for Engineering and for working with industry; it was a very easy decision for me to make to study there.
“The Department does a great deal of work in industrial workshops and events. There have been inspiring talks by graduates and exercises in teamwork.
“These have helped me find jobs, along with my research projects, which have been a great chance to be innovative. The chance to be practical in engineering, and Strathclyde’s industrial links, have also been helpful.”
In his research project, Joe carried out a study under the supervision of Professor Mohamed Saafi, then of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, on the use of geopolymer concrete confined with fibre-reinforced polymer. This is designed to be more environmentally friendly and durable than conventional concrete structure and could potentially be developed further for use in bridges.